Kennedy Krieger Institute's Therapeutic Family Care Seeks Loving Foster Parents

March 15, 2005
Families are Invited to Learn More About Foster Care for Children with Special Needs

(Baltimore, MD) - Like most treatment foster care programs in the nation, Kennedy Krieger Institute's Therapeutic Family Care (TFC) program is in critical need of foster families for children with special physical, developmental and mental health needs.

As exposure to community violence and drugs and alcohol in-utero increases - while available family supports decrease - the need for "treatment" foster parents is greater than ever, but the pool of available and qualified individuals has not kept up with the demand.

TFC was created in 1986 to prevent the institutionalization of children with special needs by matching them with specially trained foster parents who have direct access to the interdisciplinary team of developmental experts at Kennedy Krieger.

Over the past 20 years, TFC has placed more than 280 children in treatment foster homes, and it continues to be the only program in the state affiliated with a large medical institution devoted exclusively to children with disorders of the brain, including medically fragile conditions, developmental disabilities, behavioral disorders and multiple handicaps.

Internationally recognized for improving the lives of children and adolescents with disorders and injuries of the brain and spinal cord, Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore serves more than 11,000 children each year through inpatient and day treatment programs, outpatient clinics, home and community services and school-based programs. Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children with developmental concerns mild to severe, and is home to a team of investigators who are contributing to the understanding of how disorders develop and pioneering new interventions and earlier diagnosis.

Allison Nadelhaft (443) 923-7330